Tax Preparation Specialist

Program Overview

The Tax Preparation Specialist technical certificate of credit is designed to provide entry-level skills for tax preparers. Topics include: principles of accounting, tax accounting, business calculators, mathematics, and basic computer skills.

Students may enter the Tax Preparation Specialist certificate program any semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 16 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Tax Preparation Specialist certificate program must be able to work in an office environment, work with numbers, solve problems, work with people, multi-task, display a professional appearance, and work with computers.  They should also have a strong work ethic and be responsible, discreet and trustworthy.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)

Salary Potential

$21,000.00 – $23,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $2,262.00
Books & Supplies:  $743.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Tax Preparation Specialist certificate program are prepared for entry-level employment working as tax preparers. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • Occupational Courses
  • ACCT1100Financial Accounting I4 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ACCT1125Individual Tax Accounting3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • ACCT2120Business Tax Accounting3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXAccounting Elective3 credit hours0 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 16